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New & Improved Last.FM Plugin For Banshee

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d0od.blogspot.com: An updated version of Banshee’s Last.FM plugin provides better scrobble support and “instant” now listening updates on Last.FM.

Five Open Source Flash Card Apps to Make Rote Learning Easier

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ostatic.com/blog: Chances are, when you've needed to learn something by rote memorization you've turned to flash cards (multiplication tables, anyone?). There are plenty of ways to learn things that require instant recall but few are as effective as flash cards. The next time you need to memorize a bunch of facts, give one of these desktop and mobile open source flash cards applications a try.

4 Children’s Linux Applications To Keep Your Kids Ahead of the Game

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makeuseof.com: Today we’re going to continue our journey through the Ubuntu software repository looking for more children’s Linux educational software. As more and more parents allow their children to use the computer, setting up your kids with a Linux distribution makes even more sense:

Users nervous about Oracle's acquisition of MySQL

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infoworld.com: The European Union is not the only one antsy about Oracle taking possession of the open source MySQL database should the commercial database giant's merger with Sun Microsystems get final approval. So are MySQL users.

15 Relatively Unknown Linux Apps

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laptoplogic.com: Most people go for the big apps when switching to Linux, and for good reason: they are easy to find, usually very polished, often updated, and there's a lot of online documentation for them. What if you're not looking for the most popular, but instead the best app for you?

Opera 10 Review - Opera's Turn To Catch Up!

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eweekeurope.co.uk: Less innovation than we're used to but increased customisation options, a mail client and new turbo mode show Opera hasn't run out of ideas yet.

'If a logo works at 16px, you've cracked it'

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techradar.com: Opera's new senior designer Jon Hicks tells Oliver Lindberg of .net magazine why he left freelance life behind and explains the creative process behind Opera 10's user interface.

Midori Lightweight Web Browser Alternative

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ghacks.net: Midori’s approach is the lightweight but still comfortable web browser. The portable web browser is based on WebKit which is also used by Google Chrome and Safari. This guarantees great page rendering speeds. One of the greatest benefits of the web browser is its low resource usage.

6 Unique Features That Make Opera 10 Stand Out

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makeuseof.com: Being an Opera long-time fan (back to the days of Netscape vs. IE), I’m also curious about what goodies Opera 10 has to offer. So I gave Opera 10 – Mac version for me – a test drive, and here is my Opera browser review with several nice features that I like.

Opera 10 is NOT Friendly to Bloggers

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bytesandsuch.com: Although Firefox is my preferred browser, it is wise to have another available. As a blogger, I thought my page actually looked better in Opera than in Firefox. Unfortunately there was a “regression” in the final release.

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